New York: The World In One City

On any given Saturday, I sometimes find myself traveling from Greece through India to China and back. How? Well, by jumping on the subway. I don’t need a passport or a plane ticket; I just need a MetroCard, some money and my appetite. That’s New York City for you — the world in five boroughs. […]

Tausha Cowan

Becoming A Better Host by Embracing Tourists

A couple at the oyster machine stood there for at least 5 minutes confused. As I queued, I watched them poke the screen and consult the posters next to the machines. The Stations staff were nowhere to be found and the majority of the people in line had the typical impatient commuters’ look of frustration on their […]

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Glass Blowing In the Nation’s Capital

I stood about 15 feet back but the intense 2,000 degree heat warmed my cheekbones as I squinted to get a look in the oven.  This amazing production was taking place in front of my eyes and I stared in amazement at the melting and shaping of the glass experiment. What excited me most was […]


Rugged Luxury

I was not always a girly-girl. Growing up, my father made sure that my sister and I absorbed the same Boy Scout preparedness that he had received in his youth. On the trail, we were often mistaken for young boys due to our gender-neutral camping attire. We learned how to gather kindling for fires, dig […]

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Give the Gift of Travel!

It’s graduation time! Before immersing yourself in your new gig or to show your congratulations to graduates for all of their hard work, present yourself or graduates with the gift of travel.  The top post-graduation getaways enjoyed by students according to airlines, hotels, and tourism departments are hot spots within the Caribbean. Jamaica for example, […]


Bocas Del Toro, Panamá

Panama is the type of country you can explore through a moderate 8-12 hour layover or spend days getting to know the country’s unique cultural makeup, exploring jungles located a short distance out of the country’s most populous city, mountain ranges, or trying to figure out which beach is your favorite. To be candid, prior to […]

Udodi Okoh

Travel Tips Revealed

As I made my way from Asia to Australia to the Middle East and then to Europe a little while back, I always had a small notebook in my bag to jot down everything. Here are 25 of my top travel tips 1.  Carry a small notebook & pen when you’re traveling (or actually…just always have […]

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Black Girl. Long Sari.

Ladies, if you’ve never experienced the joy of wearing a sari, you’re missing out.  Big time.  Growing up in Queens, I appreciated the unique style in ethnic diversity.  East Indian saris fascinated me the most.  The vivid colors, shimmering accents and exquisite fabrics were simply incredible.  Each piece masterfully accented a woman’s curves in a […]


Christo Restaurant, Egypt

The Great Pyramid and Sphinx of Giza, left me repeating, “Wow, wow, wow”. After riding a camel and shooing off bloody hustlers, I was overdue for lunch and my Pronto Tours guide was leading the way. Christo Restaurant (10 Pyramid Road Giza, Egypt) is located 12 miles outside of Cairo and their fare took my […]

Nicole Taylor

Life in Korea

As I returned home from a long day of teaching and program planning (as well as a short sit at my favorite coffee shop not too far from my apartment) the moment came that always comes when entering a home in South Korea: The moment when we take our shoes off before stepping inside. And, […]

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Life As An Expat in Spain

“Yo….uh….me….gusta….tu lengua!”  I spat out in a slow unsure rhythm.  I think I said that the right way.  Yo means I, gusta means like and tu lengua means your tomatoes right?  Oh no!!!  Lengua means tongue!  Crap.  I just said that I like his tongue.  Awkward. I peer around the room and a few people laugh, while others […]

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Salamander Resort and Spa

With my busy work schedule, I am always looking for a way to relax without having to travel too far. Recently I had the opportunity to visit Salamander Resort and Spa, and it was just what I needed. I’ve wanted to visit Salamander since I heard of it’s opening late last summer. The 340 acre […]

Christen McCluney

India’s Culture of Enlightenment

Let me tell y’all about the time I went to India and got slapped clean across the face by a little something called enlightenment. While it happened about a year ago, the sting is still fresh. India is pretty hard to describe. Her rich culture, vibrant colors, and intoxicating spices are unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. […]


The Exceptional Guest

I can recall many lessons that my grandmother taught me growing up. Things like: “If you have nothing nice to say—say it later” or “Never go to bed with a dirty kitchen.” All of these one-liners have served me incredibly well in my adult life. However, the one thing I valued most from my grandmother’s […]

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The “Just In Case” Traveler

Over the past five years, after traveling on several trips, I realized I had a problem. “Hi. My name is Barea and I am an over packer.” The first step to solving a problem is to acknowledge it, right? As much as I love to travel, I dread packing. After having dinner with a close […]

Barea Victoria